1st Edition

Community Leisure and Recreation Planning

By Ken Marriott, John Tower, Katie McDonald Copyright 2021
    302 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Community Leisure and Recreation Planning offers an up-to-date, evidence-based approach to planning community leisure and recreation facilities, programs and services. It introduces readers to key theory and best practice in the planning of effective leisure and recreation projects.


    The book defines planning, leisure, recreation and other key concepts and explains why a thorough planning process is essential to achieving effective outcomes. It presents a comprehensive, integrative four phase model for undertaking leisure and recreation planning, including: pre-planning, planning research, preparing a plan, and implementing, monitoring and evaluating the outputs and outcomes of a plan. It provides a conceptual rationale for each component of the planning process, a detailed explanation of the tools and techniques that can be used, and extensive examples and international case study materials to demonstrate their use. The principles and techniques explained in the book are applicable at a range of community levels from small individual sites to regions, states and even countries.


    This is an essential course text for all leisure and recreation courses, and invaluable reading for academics, practitioners, stakeholders and students working in leisure and recreation planning, events, culture and sport.

    1          Introduction: Planning Community Leisure and Recreation Programs, Facilities and Services

    2          The Leisure and Recreation Planning Model

    3          Pre-Planning

    4          Socio-Economic Change and Demographics

    5          Assessing Opportunities for Leisure and Recreation 

    6          Report Reviews: Scope and Purpose

    7          Assessing Needs and Aspirations

    8          Leisure and Recreation Participation

    9          Planning for Greenfield and Brownfield Sites and Natural Areas

    10        Alternate Leisure and Recreation Planning Approaches

    11        Preparing a Leisure and Recreation Plan

    12        Implementing, Monitoring and Evaluating a Plan

    13        Ensuring a Sound Future for Leisure and Recreation Planning


    Ken Marriott operated a private leisure and recreation planning company from 1984 until 2016, and has authored or co-authored planning manuals and texts for all Australian state governments and the New Zealand government.


    John Tower is Honorary Research Fellow at Victoria University, Institute of Health and Sport, Australia and Manager of Research for a leisure consulting company.


    Katie McDonald is a doctoral student in the Institute of Health and Sport at Victoria University, Australia.

    "[A book that] will become the "bible" for recreation planning in Australia. The collaboration between Kenneth Marriott and John Tower, two of the leading thinkers in recreation planning in Australia, has combined their extensive experience into one publication. This text should sit in every recreation planner’s publication portfolio, as it will in mine." – Neal Ames, Sport and Recreation Project Manager, Glenorchy City Council

    "A welcome contribution to the sparse literature on community leisure and recreation planning. … While the opening chapter offers brief discussions of theoretical concepts such as paradigms, ideologies and benefits, the overall emphasis is on the practical. The book will therefore be appreciated by planning students who wish to be informed about community leisure planning and leisure studies students interested in the practical challenges of planning." – A. J. Veal, University of Technology Sydney, World Leisure Journal